Common problems with third molars

The third molar, also known as wisdom tooth, is the eighth and last tooth that grows in the jaw. It usually appears in the 20s when a person becomes ‘wise”. This is actually a residue of evolution when people needed all their teeth for crushing and grinding hard food. Today, these teeth, because of the […]

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Bad breath – causes and treatment

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by many factors such as food, decayed teeth, gum disease, cigarette smoking, dry mouth, diseases of the sinuses or airways, certain general health conditions, use of certain medications or inadequate oral hygiene. Your dentist can help you find the exact cause of this phenomenon and if […]

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An introduction to gingivitis and periodontal diseases

Gingivitis and periodontal disease belong to the group of diseases of the supporting apparatus of teeth. According to numerous international studies, these diseases, in addition to dental caries, are the most widespread diseases in humans. It is believed that the vast majority of adults and about 30% of children have this disease and what makes […]

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New WHO guideline clamps down on intake of free sugars

Glucose, fructose, sucrose and table sugar are all examples of free sugars. These sugars are found naturally in honey, syrups and fruit juices, but can also be added to food and drink by manufacturers. The World Health Organization (WHO) explain that much of the sugar consumed these days is concealed within processed foods that are […]

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Tooth decay: sugar industry ‘behaved like tobacco manufacturers

When the science first established that sugar was the damaging component in tooth decay – and when the sugar industry saw there was this unquestionable harm – its trade organizations ignored dentists’ calls for restricting intake, and instead deflected the debate elsewhere, influencing public health research in food producers’ favor. Those are the allegations of […]

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Helping Your Child Cope with Braces

Unfortunately for some children and young adults the formation of teeth from birth, coupled with the usage and the environmental effects throughout their lives, may cause the need to get braces.  While your kids may loathe the thought of having braces and groan at the parents who are recommending it, they will thank you later […]

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What is gingivitis? What causes gingivitis?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is more serious and can eventually lead to loss of […]

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